As more of us are now heading back into the office or considering going back, the debate surrounding flexible working has been the topic of discussion amongst workers and employers alike.
Pre-pandemic we saw the average working week easily increase to 42 hours [if not more in some instances], the longest in any EU country, however, research conducted by the TUC also suggests Britain ranks 14th in terms of most productive. So, working more hours does not necessarily equate to better productivity. Could the solution to a better output be down to our attitude to work and the fluid approach we need to adopt?
There’s no one size fits all resolution to this age old debate but we can all agree since the pandemic, it has been apparent that for many, working remotely has proved successful. Which has forced many organisations to reconsider how they must run their business moving forwards.
So, what are the benefits for employees?
Allowing staff to have an agile approach to work gives them more control over how and when they can work, finding a balance that works for them. This will help employees gain a much better work life balance and in turn, staff will benefit from better self-care and mental well-being.
And benefits for the employer?
By embracing a hybrid approach, companies can also reap the benefits. By offering flexible roles, companies are able to reach a wider talent pool and diversify their teams. This would see to future proofing in the long-term retaining talented and dedicated staff members.
Overall if a company is to remain sustainable, it will need to address the long overdue topic of working from home and flexible working. The concern for many organisations is that the cost of agile working and increased autonomy will result in less output vs working from the office. However, research conducted found 77% of UK workers felt working more fluidly allowed them to be more productive, with lowering of stress levels being a contributing factor.
With a change in mindset as to how we work, there’s never been a better time for the UK workforce to look at outdated work practices and usher in a more productive, progressive way of working.